The Shield of Manchester
The most decorated English footballer of all time, and one of the most successful footballers in history, having won a total of 25 trophies, featuring 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles, Paul Scholes, the midfield dominating player, who is 43 today, is a player of sheer class.
Early Life :
Scholes was born at Hope Hospital in Pendleton, Salford, the son of Stewart and Marina Scholes. On his mother’s side, his grandmother came from the Republic of Ireland while his grandfather was from Northern Ireland.
He attended the St Mary’s RC Primary School in Langley. The first team he played for was Langley Furrows. Scholes also excelled at cricket. At age 14, he began training with Manchester United. He later joined as a trainee upon leaving the Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School in Middleton during the summer of 1991.
Paul began his career in the Manchester United youth academy where he was one of the best trainees. Scholes played for the youth team of the club and took part in different championships with it. During several years Paul continued his successful training and performance.
In 1993 the professional career succeeded Paul’s preparation when he was offered to sign his first contract. In the summer of 1993 Scholes signed for his native club Manchester United. He is a one-club man playing his entire with Manchester United. Scholes is a mancunian playing legend alongside Ryan Giggs. From 1993 till 2011 Paul Scholes made 466 appearances and scored 102 goals for his club.
At the end of 2011 the player decided to retire, but his absence in Manchester United and professional football did not last long. At the beginning of 2012 Alex Ferguson brought the veteran back to the club assuring him he was still fit for performing for the club. Paul Scholes met the expectations and added confidence to the United performance in the second half of 2011/2012 season and kept playing in the 2012/2013 season.
In May 2013 Paul Scholes finished his glorious career with Manchester United alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, remaining a true legend for all football supporters.
In 1993 Scholes was capped three times for the England national U-18 team. From 1997 till 2004 he took part in 66 matches of the Three Lions, netting 14 goals.
Style of play :
A quick, well-rounded, tenacious, and versatile box-to-box player, he was capable of playing in any midfield position, often alternating between defensive, offensive, and playmaking roles, due to his stamina, vision, work-rate, and positional sense, as well as his ability to make attacking runs. He had excellent capacity to read the game due to his tactical intelligence. He was also adept at creating attacking plays after winning back possession, courtesy of his range of distribution.
Personal Life :
Paul Scholes is married to his childhood sweetheart Claire. The marriage took place in the year 1999. They have a daughter and two sons. Unfortunately, one of the kids suffers from autism. Scholes suffers from asthma as well as a knee condition known as Osgood Schlatter disease.
Achievements : .
Manchester United :
Premier League (11): 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
FA Cup (3): 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04
Football League Cup (2): 2008–09, 2009–10
FA Community Shield (5): 1996, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2010
UEFA Champions League (2):1998–99, 2007–08
Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999
FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008
UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship (1): 1993
Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year (1): 1992–93
Premier League Player of the Month (4): January 2003, December 2003, October 2006, August 2010
Premier League PFA Team of the Year (2): 2002–03, 2006–07
Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02)
English Football Hall of Fame Inductee: 2008
Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2011–12)
Fantasy Teams of the 20 Seasons (Panel & Public choice)
FWA Tribute Award: 2012
FIFPro World XI Nominee: 2005, 2007
Many of his peers, including Zinedine Zidane and Edgar Davids, have spoken about their admiration for his talent.
Former Brazil international Sócrates was quoted as saying, “He is good enough to play for Brazil. I love to watch Scholes, to see him pass, the boy with the red hair and the red shirt.Former France and Arsenal captain Thierry Henry said, “Without any doubt the best player in the Premiership has to be Scholes … He knows how to do everything.”
🎶 He scores goals galore. He scores goals 🎶
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 16, 2017